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Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

415 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.37% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This hoppy, Belgian-style golden ale first appeared in early 2007 as the first edition of our Short Batch Series. At that time, we called it the Gnome, an homage to Brasserie d'Achouffe.

45 IBU

2011 - 9.9%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-11-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

DrunkinYogi, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

cufarley, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

patrick802, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Sean32, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Burt, Apr 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

luvbier, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This certainly live up to the big beer name. My sample has 2012 marked as the bottle conditioning date. I guess it's ready.

It's a pretty golden color with nice natural foaminess. The aroma isn't huge, but it is big and sweet and gives a warning. The taste follows through with a malty hugeness, offset by yeasty and hoppy hugeness. It's properly balanced, but huge on all taste fronts. Perhaps the thing out of balance is liquid - this could be diluted significantly and still be flavorful.

The aftertaste lingers bitter on the tongue. Overall this is a appropriately big brew that works. I was hoping for a more delicate take on the style but this is brutal.

schoolboy, Apr 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Mattias, Apr 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

pfhanlon, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

VeganUndead, Apr 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

thatoneguymike, Mar 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Irishterrier74, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

edglodek, Mar 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Bstrickler, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Homunculus has a thin, off-white head, a brilliant, very bubbly, gold-orange appearance, and a bit of splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of full, sweet, yeasty, spicy, bready malt, and the flavor is of all that, with distinct pepper and floral hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Smuttynose Homunculus finishes semi-dry, mellow, hefty, rich, and delicious. Overall, this is outstanding!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

WVbeergeek, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Loco_Joe, Mar 16, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

More Smuttynose in Southern California? That means another beer from this New England brewery to try. From a 22 ounce bottle with weird sperm-like artwork on the label, on to the beer:

The color is toasted gold and topped with a finger's thickness of creamy head. Retention on top is good, and several spots of it cling to the glass. The aroma is a festival of different notes. It combines the aspects of an American IPA with a rustic Belgian blonde. I can smell candied orange, leather, sweet potato, and a squirt of tropical fruit juice.

Flavor goes more in the direction of an IPA. It helps that orange dusted with sugar makes the dominate flavor to the beer, with smaller notes to compliment. The hops are "juicy", sweet grapefruit make their marks, but not to be forgotten are grassy notes, a moderate bitterness, and tree sap. This is built on a canvas of a full body with a sparkle of carbonation and much of the alcohol hidden well.

Fine on its own, and better consumed with a steak dinner. I can't wait to see what else Smuttynose has sent to the region!

DoubleJ, Mar 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

sanitarium16, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Skillz, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Joecaddie, Feb 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 25, 2014
Smuttynose Homunculus (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.